Do you want to help your athlete be faster and more powerful?
Hi, I’m Dr. Scott Gray, Owner & Founder of Back In Motion.
I want to describe three of the most common mistakes coaches and parents make, and athletes, that they make when trying to improve their athlete’s speed.
#1 Don’t Make It a Conditioning Exercise
The first mistake that I commonly see with athletes when they’re trying to become fast is that these coaches and parents, they just run their athlete into the ground, and they make it more of a conditioning type of exercise.
That’s not what we want, right? So if we want to become faster, we gotta train to be faster.
A lot of times. we make it these long sprints with minimal rest, and so these kids are gassed, right?
They’re working a little bit on speed, but as they get fatigued, they’re not really working on speed, they’re working on conditioning.
So when we become an explosive athlete and a faster athlete, our nervous system needs to be able to fire and contract fast. If we’re conditioning and fatigued doing this, we’re not doing that.
#2 Not Strength Training
So the second mistake we have is not strength training and Olympic lifting.
Olympic lifting and strength training is very, very important for the athlete because again, it heightens the athlete’s nervous system.
It allows them to produce more force into the ground, right?
So if I’m an athlete trying to produce more force, so I can travel more distance and go faster, you need to be stronger. If I’m weak, I’m not gonna be able to do that.
So I would say, again, that is one of the biggest mistakes that I see amongst coaches and parents, is they just have these athletes just running to try to be faster, but really the strength training is the missing sauce, especially in the youth athletic population.